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Going to Norwescon? Here's when the music panels & workshops are happening!!

Thursday
Home Recording I
Cascade 13
3–4 p.m.
Everybody wants to make a music demo, and many want to record podcasts or livestream a show. What can you do with what you’ve got? If that won’t do—and it probably won’t—what do you really need to create a good demo or show? How little can you get away with; or, if you have even a small budget, what can you do to turn a spare bedroom into decent recording space? Hardware and software solutions are discussed.
Dara Korra’ti (M), Alexander James Adams

What the Frak Is Filk?
Cascade 11
5–6 p.m.
The oldest form of geekmusic at SF conventions is a branch-off from folk called “filk.” It has an intentionally open and deeply participatory culture, and isn’t just folk-derived, despite the origins. This panel is your introduction to fandom’s oldest tradition of participatory geekmusic. Come on out and play!
Stephanie Weippert (M), Wednesday Phoenix

Not a music panel, but there will be Karaoke in Evergreen 3&4 starting at 8pm, and concerts in Grand 3 starting at 9pm!

Thursday Night Open Filk
Evergreen 3&4
11 p.m.–2 a.m.
This is where you can come sing or play whatever you want, alone or with friends; to the most supportive crowd you will ever run into ever, anywhere. Seriously, you have no idea. Bring your instrument, bring your voice, and put some of that participation into participatory culture!
(This will be in Evergreen for the one night *only*, after Karaoke.)


Friday
Mad Libs Filk
Evergreen 3&4
noon–1 p.m.
Filk in the blanks. Our pros will take words from the audience and plug them into existing filk songs. The results are sure to be as far flung as the imaginations of the participants.
Jen K (M)

Concerts will happen starting at 2pm in Grand 3!! Check it out!!

It’s All About You (Without It Being At All About You)
Cascade 7&8
5–6 p.m.
Independent musicians, writers, and artists can all now be their own labels, their own imprints, their own galleries. But in the modern era how do you, a tiny fish, get noticed in the sea of information and other stage-grabbing attention whores like yourself? What if you’re just really bad at that? Some of our independent musicians, writers, and artists talk about being heard on the internet stage.
Stephanie Weippert (M), Raven Oak, Alexander James Adams, Shubzilla

Friday Night Open Filk
Grand 2
11:30 p.m.–2 a.m.
Come celebrate the culmination of Friday Filkfest by filking the night away! This is where you can come sing or play whatever you want, alone or with friends, to the most supportive crowd you will ever run into ever anywhere. Seriously, you have no idea. Bring your instrument, bring your voice, and put some of that participation into participatory culture!

Saturday
Sea Shanties Sing-A-Long
Evergreen 3&4
noon–1 p.m.
We’re going out to C! Or sea? BOTH, when it’s sea shanties! Come fill your lungs like bellowing sails and sing along to some favorite songs used on ships for work and entertainment. Don’t know the difference between a capstan and a haul shanty? That’s okay; we’ll show you the ropes!
Jessica F. Hebert (M)

Concerts will also be happening Saturday afternoon! Check it out!

How Big a Fish Do You Need to Be?
Cascade 9
2–3 p.m.
You’re an independent writer. You’re an independent musician. You’re an independent artist. You make indie games. How big do you need to be to make a sustainable living? The traditional track to success has involved the large imprints and labels, but that’s not working so well anymore, particularly not for musicians. Is there a way forward? Come listen to our independent creatives talk about forging new paths in their industries.
Jonny Nero Action Hero (M), Stephanie Weippert, Dara Korra’ti, Alexander James Adams

Songwriting 101
Cascade 11
4–5 p.m.
Come one and all, and bring ideas! We’ll work on creating a song in the panel!
Jessica F. Hebert (M), Dara Korra’ti

Find Your Instrument
Evergreen 1&2
6–7 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how people figure out what kind of musical instrument they want to play? Several of our pros have volunteered to bring their instruments and introduce them to people. This is a hands-on workshop; after an introduction of the instruments, participants will be able to try out various instruments, and be given brief introductions on how to play them, by their owners. This panel is aimed at teens and adults; kids are welcome, but must be of an age and attitude appropriate to handle other peoples’ musical instruments!
Dara Korra’ti (M), Wednesday Phoenix, Norman K. Moss

Saturday Night Open Filk
Grand 3
midnight–3 a.m.
It’s the last open filk of Norwescon 40! After you’ve partied around a bit, and after the concerts are over, come sing or play whatever you want, alone or with friends, to the most supportive crowd you will ever run into ever, anywhere. Bring your instrument, bring your voice, and put some of that participation into participatory culture!

Sunday
Geekmusic in the Wild
Cascade 9
1–2 p.m.
Where do you find this stuff? How do you get there? Where is it being played, when you’re not at Norwescon? Want to see your kind of music, live, when you’re not here? Our panelists talk about the venues and events that support different kinds of geek-friendly music.
Hollyanna McCollom (M), Stephanie Weippert, Christian Lipski, Wednesday Phoenix

Home Recording II
Cascade 9
2–3 p.m.
Everybody wants to make a demo, and many want to record podcasts or livestream a show. Okay, you have some equipment. Now what do you do with it? How do you set it up; how do you use it to capture or create the best sounds you can? If you didn’t make the first hour; that’s okay, come anyway.
Dara Korra’ti (M), Alexander James Adams, Christian Lipski
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